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Loire Valley Walking tours

Our most recommended Loire Valley, France Walking tours

Chenonceau Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

1. Chenonceau Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Chenonceau Castle with a local guide who will tailor the excursion to your tastes and introduce you to the castle’s beautiful places. Start at the entrance of the castle and then head to the charming gardens full of flowers. Chenonceau castle has been classified a “Historic Monument” by the French Ministry of Culture and has been home to famous queens as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis. Discover its original design and architecture and immerse yourself in the medieval period during this informative tour.

Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

2. Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

Make travel as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Nantes from a local eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood and learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and get around. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do in the city, customized to your interests. Feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own, confident that you have all the information you need.

Loire Valley: Vouvray Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

3. Loire Valley: Vouvray Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Head to the quaint village of Chançay, at the heart of AOC Vouvray to meet your guide, the wife of the winemaker at the family-owned winery you'll be touring. Hear about the history of a winery owned by your guide's parents-in-laws since 1973 and immerse yourself in life at the winery for a few hours.  Take a guided walk in the vineyard surrounding the winery to learn about the French AOC system and its strict rules, as well as the art of vine-growing throughout the year. Understand the specificities of the terroirs in Vouvray and enjoy the view over the vineyards, the winemaker's houses, and the rock-hewn cellars that are typical of the area. Follow the path taken by the grapes at harvest time from the vineyard to the winery where they're pressed to make wine. Learn about different wine-making techniques and visit the wine cellar dug in the rock by your guide's family. Discover the traditional method used in the area to make the famous sparkling wines of Vouvray. Then taste a range of 6 wines produced at the winery from sparkling white and rosé to dry and sweet white wines. Enjoy local delicacies served with the wines, including Loire fish rillettes, charcuteries, cheeses, and local desserts. At the end of the tour, take advantage of the chance to buy wine at cellar-door prices.

Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

4. Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

Do you know which city was the capital of France in 15th century? Where the famous French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born? Which city is considered to be the Garden of France? Or where you can hear the purest French spoken language? The answer to all of these questions is Tours, a historic city dating back to the Middle Ages located right in the heart of France, just one hour away from Paris. Join our helpful and knowledgeable guides to discover the rich history and wonderful medieval buildings of Tours. Visit the city's beloved Cathédrale Saint-Gatien, which dates back to as early as 1170. The cathedral is a beautiful mix of different architectural styles, with major sections finished between the 13th and 15th centuries. Another point of interest may be the medieval Tour Charlemagne, located in the center of the Old City. Or, feel free to visit the famous museum of Beaux- Arts on your own, admiring its impressive collection including pieces by French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch masters. Then, enjoy a taste of the region's fine wine, considered by many to be among the best in all of France. Let us show you the beautiful city of Tours through the eyes of a local!

Amboise: Entry Ticket to Château Gaillard Amboise

5. Amboise: Entry Ticket to Château Gaillard Amboise

Château Gaillard is the small Renaissance palace dreamed up and built by Charles VIII on his return from Italy. Visit the private residence of the 3 Renaissance kings; Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I. Discover the place where orange trees were first introduced to France, with a collection of more than 70 different varieties and 200 trees on the estate. Admire the gardens of the King and the 4 rivers of Paradise crossed by a source feeding the Fountain of Youth in its center. See 15 hectares of park and forest in the heart of the city.

Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

Explore the best of Nantes on this walking tour alongside a professional local guide. Learn fascinating facts and legends about the city as you see iconic sights and visit charming spots. Follow your guide to explore the streets, buildings, and corners of the city and discover the stories hidden within them. Learn about the local botanical garden with more than 10,000 species and 5000 flowers that are planted each season, hear about the Château des ducs de Bretagne castle that opened in 1207, and more. This tour is perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most out of their time here.

Nantes: Romantic Walking Tour

7. Nantes: Romantic Walking Tour

Together with a professional local guide, visit the most romantic places in Nantes while learning local love stories and legends. This tour is perfect for romantics and couples. Prepare to be spellbound by the city’s charming atmosphere. Get an insider look at the best places to have a date in the city and where to take the loveliest photos. As you explore, hear about historic love stories hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city, from heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious and spicy. Experience the magical atmosphere at a local park and visit the botanical garden to learn about its connection with a famous and inspiring couple, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. There is much to fall in love with on this tour.

Nantes: Family Walking Tour

8. Nantes: Family Walking Tour

Why is Nantes the best city in France? Experience the most rewarding adventure with your family on our exclusive family walking tour. Our family-friendly local professional guide will make sure the kids have as much fun sightseeing as adults. The well-informed guide will take you on a 2-hour long walking tour. The tour has an easy pace and includes a stroll around the city center, highlighting the famous cultural and architectural sites. The whole family will have fun learning about Nantes’s fascinating and interesting sites. The stories shared by the guide are guaranteed to provide a few giggles as you wind down the off beaten paths of the city.

Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

9. Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

Enjoy a special walking tour Nantes during Christmas time with a professional local guide. Visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city as you become spellbound with the charming atmosphere. Learn more about the Christmas traditions of Nantes. Hear the story of the city's Christmas tree and who was the first person to decorate it, as well as other local legends. Explore the bustling Christmas market and see what local products are popular during the festive period, with expert knowledge from your guide.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Mathieu gave us a two-hour tour in English and we were thrilled: Mathieu managed to convey the history of the city with little anecdotes and pop culture references in an exciting and appropriate way for the target group (trainees in their early 20s). I'm sure that he can share his knowledge with an older audience just as appropriately, adapting to the needs of the target group and obviously having fun with his job. You could ask questions at any time and always received a well-founded and detailed answer. We couldn't have done better! Thank you Mathieu!

Our guide Matthew was informative , and very accommodating. The two gentlemen in our group needed to sit while Matthew talked to us and he always found a place for them. We walked slowly and he was willing to extend the time of the tour so he could fit everything in. He showed up in costume and so we not only got a history lesson about Tours we had a history lesson about musketeers. A would highly recommend this guide, he is a treasure!!!!!

Emilie was the best! She knew the history of Nantes and even obscure facts. Her recommendations of shops and places to eat were great! I spent lots of money at one shop! I highly recommend her.

C‘etait tout à ce quoi je m’attendais. Une guide très sympa et j’ai passé un très bon moment à découvrir la ville. Je recommanderais fort cette expérience !

My unofficial guide was an architecture student studying in Nantes. He was well read, interesting and interested in his guiding job.